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NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration

2015/16-2019/20 • $500,000
Mineral exploration and mining employs approximately 400,000 Canadians and generates billions of dollarsfor the Canadian economy but the face of mineral exploration and mining in Canada, and around the world, ischanging. There is a rapidly growing focus on advanced mineral exploration and...

Development and validation of a 3-D bonded block modelling approach to assist in the assessment of rock mass bulking and support design for highly stressed mine pillars

2015/16-2017/18 • $135,000
With ever growing populations and rising living standards, worldwide demand for mineral resources continues to increase. Resource-rich countries like Canada are responding by mining deeper as near surface resources are exhausted. Several Canadian operations already represent some of the deepest...

Comparative analysis of discrete fracture network models derived from borehole versus shaft scale discontinuity data for improved mine optimization and risk minimization

2014/15-2015/16 • $85,000
With ever-increasing demand for mineral resources coupled with the depletion of near-surface deposits, numerous mining operations are making plans to transition from surface to underground mass mining in order to mine deeper resources. The methods being considered (block/panel caving), are being...

Spatial distribution and genetic models of Cu-Ni-PGE systems associated with the Sudbury structure

2010/11-2014/15 • $369,539
Sudbury is a unique place on Earth. The Sudbury basin is a deformed meteoritic impact crater (now filled with sedimentary rocks) that was created 1,850 million years ago. The impact of the meteor produced a crater estimated at 200 km diameter and the energy released on impact melted a large...

Advanced engineering of rock support for rockburst-prone mines

2011/12-2014/15 • $313,350
As mining progresses to deeper grounds, mining-induced rock failure, seismicity and rockburst problems increase significantly. As an important line of defense, ground control measures and burst-resistant rock support are used to prevent or minimize damage to excavations and therefore enhance...

Bioprocessing of nickeliferous sulphidic wastes from mining activities

2013/14-2014/15 • $140,000
We propose to investigate the amenability to bio-processing of a metallurgical waste stream produced by the Xstrata Nickel smelting operations in Sudbury, Ontario, namely nickeliferous pyrrhotite concentrate. This is an iron-sulphur mineral (approx. stoichiometry Fe1-xS) that is rejected because...

Experimental characterization and development of a behavioral model for radio-communication in an underground mining environment

2013/14 • $25,000
The research work addresses the need to develop new radio-communication technologies to increase securityand the effectiveness of employees during the underground operations of the deep-mining industry. It is aimedat establishing an experimental database as well as behavioral models that will...

Sustainable canadian underground mining workshop: existing and prospective occupational health and safety challenges and opportunities

2013/14 • $22,394
Mining is a major industrial activity in Canada and will increase in importance as world demand continues togrow. Demand for mining resources is such that we have little choice but to conduct operations at greater andgreater depths.The consideration of OHS in mining vehicle design remains...

Interactions between plant acclimation and adaptation to heavy metal and drought stresses, and their importance for remediation of metal-contaminated environments

2010/11-2012/13 • $64,769
Elevated levels of heavy metals close to mines, smelters and refineries, such as found around Sudbury, Ontario, reduce the growth of plants and can even be lethal for them. The resulting soil exposure leads to erosion and emissions of metal-containing dust in the surroundings. Phytoremediation,...

Mining Research Partnership Forum 2012

2012/13 • $25,000
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) are working with industry and NSERC to fund $2-3 million in university and industry based, transformative R&D in productivity, energy, water and waste relating to Ontario's mining industry and its value...

Rehabilitation of plant communities in the Hudson's Bay lowlands after mining

2010/11 • $39,540
The paucity of research on the rehabilitation of upland and wetland habitats in subarctic and high boreal biomes impedes efforts to develop suitable rehabilitation protocols for severely disturbed environments. This is especially true for the Hudson Bay Lowland. This research proposal has four...

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